Beijing residents line up for tests as fears over the capital’s blockade grow

The Chinese capital Beijing is applying mass testing and closing off access to neighborhoods as it tries to contain a new COVID-19 outbreak.

The announcement of the test on Monday sparked panic over the purchase of 21 million in the city, but on Tuesday the situation seemed calm with public transport largely sticking to normal hours and streets full of commuters.

Fears of a total lockdown were fueled by the situation in Shanghai’s southern mall, where 25 million residents were only gradually being allowed to leave their homes after three weeks of imprisonment.

Shanghai has succumbed to strict lockdown conditions that prompted residents to band together to get food delivered through group buying.

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